Used to winning titles, Meralco coach Norman Black feels Bolts’ sixth place finish ‘not good enough’
Black, the third winningest coach in PBA history, led the Bolts within a game from reaching the semifinal round. And while he admits that the team showed some improvement from its recent campaigns, it’s not enough to please a coach with 11 PBA championships, including a rare Grand Slam, under his belt.
“I’m used to a lot of success. I can’t be happy with sixth place. Obviously, it’s an improvement of what happened in the past, but at the same time, it’s not good enough for me,” Black told a small group of sportswriters after the Bolts fell short of making it to the semis following their loss to the Alaska Aces on Sunday.
Against Alaska, the Bolts had a difficult time executing their plays as they were disrupted by a suffocating defense implemented by opposing coach Alex Compton and his wards....
Vic Manuel led the Aces with 17 points, while Cyrus Baguio had 15. Dondon Hontiveros added 13 while JV Casio had 11.
"The story of the game, yung umpisa namin kapag [at the] half kalaban mo naka-25 lang malaki tsansa mo," said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. "Meralco came back in the second half [but] sobrang ganda ng first half namin."...
After lopsided 41-point loss early, improved Meralco hoping for better result against Alaska in playoffs
The Meralco Bolts will be seeking a seat in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals but they’re going to have to do it against a team that defeated them by a demoralizing 41-point margin in their elimination round bout.
Meralco coach Norman Black is hoping that his side can come out with an improved effort against the No. 3-ranked Alaska Aces in the second phase of the quarterfinals after making some major strides since that lopsided loss.
“We lost by 41 points. Hopefully, we are a better team now than we were back then,” Black told InterAksyon.com in an interview....
Game time is 5 p.m. with the Aces having a slight edge owing to a deeper bench.
The winner of this match advances to face Rain or Shine in a seven-game semifinal series with the Elasto Painters fresh from a long break after qualifying outright into the semifinals for finishing second overall in the elimination round....
World Peace, formerly Ron Artest, hinted on Thursday that is he bound for Manila in one of his Twitter posts.
PBA import agent Sheryl Reyes confirmed to Philstar.com that World Peace will be available to fly by February and can play as a replacement import....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||9th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||3rd|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||7th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||8||0.500||5th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||7||8||0.467||6th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||7||0.462||6th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||8||8||0.500||7th|